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What is the difference between a divorce and a dissolution?

On behalf of Law Office of Nancy L. Sponseller posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

When married couples in Ohio decide to part ways, they may do so through a dissolution of marriage or a divorce. The main difference between a divorce and a dissolution of marriage is that a divorce must be filed on fault grounds by one spouse. A dissolution of marriage is essentially a no-fault divorce that is agreed upon ahead of time by both spouses.

When one spouse chooses to file a divorce complaint, they must present testimony about the grounds for divorce that is backed up by a witness. The divorce will not be official for at least six weeks, and a judge may grant temporary orders during this time period to ensure that the two households are able to take care of their responsibilities.

A dissolution of marriage does not have to be filed on fault grounds, so presenting testimony about the behavior of one spouse is not necessary. Before a petition for dissolution of marriage can be filed, both spouses should have come to an agreement with one another about all of the usual divorce issues. Property division, child custody, spousal support and other matters will already be worked out before a dissolution of marriage petition is filed.

A spouse may prefer to get a dissolution of marriage rather than a divorce because a dissolution will save them time and money. Despite the benefits of a dissolution for both spouses, reaching an agreement about property division and parental rights can be difficult. An attorney may be able to help an individual seeking a dissolution of marriage by representing their interests during mediation. Every dissolution of marriage has its own unique issues, and the information in this blog is not legal advice.

Source: Ohio State Bar Association , “Divorce and Dissolution: What’s the Difference?“, November 17, 2014